Youth migration is a major issue for many mountain areas; due to the lack of satisfying socio-economic opportunities or of territorial attractiveness, many villages are faced with the departure of younger generations. This demographic decline makes services and infrastructures less and less viable and results in a cyclical loss of attractiveness of the territory.
In order to encourage municipalities to act in support of young people and for the attractiveness of the territory, the SAB (Swiss Association for Mountain Regions) launched in 2015 the label “Mountain Municipality – Youth, our future”. The label aims to recognise the efforts of these municipalities and to give them a positive and attractive image towards new inhabitants.
Find out more about the label criteria and the measures implemented by certified municipalities in our good practice.17 May 2022